Charles Wheeler, Comtech’s Executive Vice President, Moderates Panel on Navigating the Risk of Future Transit Expansions at the CCP3 Annual Conference

November 18, 2019


Comtech sponsored the 27th Annual Canadian Council for the Public-Private Partnerships (CCP3) Conference at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Comtech’s Executive Vice President, Charles Wheeler, moderated the panel on strategies and risks associated with future transit expansion.


Charles and his panel colleagues spoke about the following:


Canada is currently experiencing a golden age in developing large-scale urban transit projects in multiple cities. To keep timelines and costs in check, most of these projects are being delivered in phases and some are even building onto existing decades-old systems. Having systems that can ‘talk’ to one another and fit together seamlessly are significant issues. Having flexible contracts is another. How is the P3 community designing long-term agreements that not only deal with the designing, building, operation and maintenance of these complex systems today but also anticipate — and prepare for — changing technological and contractual needs arising from augmentation and expansion in the decades to come? And what are the lessons learned from transit that can be applied to other sectors involved in projects with similar expansion needs?



Charles Wheeler, Executive Vice President, Comtech Group



Michael Lindsay, President, Project Delivery, Infrastructure Ontario

Anna Hermelin, Partner, Ashurst LLP, England & Wales

Jeffrey Busby, Director, Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project, Translink